There is much research on the effect mindfulness has on children. Some schools have replaced punishment by meditation, and have found it improving the overall mind frame and thus actions of their students. The improvement occurred after practicing mindfulness, simply because the children were able to regulate their actions better.
So, why does mindfulness enable kids to self-regulate?
When children, and adults, learn to live in the moment, and learn to be aware of their own feelings, thoughts and physical sensations, they become more aware of what really is important, and how their actions effects themselves and others.
The younger kids start to become aware of their natural flow, and learn to release lower emotions, like stress, anger and sadness, the easier and faster emotional recovery can take place.
How can kids learn to become more mindful?
- Let them allow a few minutes of silence in their life. How long, depends on the child.
- Within silence, do calming breathing exercises, which will help make a heart’s connection.
- Let them have the intention to let their thoughts drift off, and to allow themselves to be in the moment, without expectations of what to come next.
When they do this, they are bringing themselves to a state of mindfulness.
The more often they do this, the easier it becomes, and the stronger the positive outcome will be.
Through mindfulness an inner-balance is enhanced, and this inner-balance, enables a deeper connection with their inner-truth. When they are following their own natural flow, kids will feel less aggravated, angry, or sad, simply because they understand, honor and love themselves enough, to not let emotionally loaded impulses get out of control.